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Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center


VA celebrates National Salute to Veterans

Community Living Center resident accepts a flower from Scott Isaacks.

Charleston VAMC Director Scott Isaacks presents Patriot Harbor resident William Bowen with a red carnation in honor of National Salute to Veteran Patients.

By JW Huckfeldt, Public Affairs Specialist Trainee
Monday, February 13, 2017

Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center and its community partners celebrated National Salute to Veteran Patients week from Feb. 12 to Feb. 18. The week is dedicated to honoring and thanking Veteran patients for their service and sacrifice. Special events sponsored by community partners, such as handing out sandwiches in the main lobby, were held throughout the week at the medical center and community outpatient clinics.

Since 1978, National Salute to Veteran Patients has been held the week of Feb. 14. The event honors those who served and helps provide awareness about Charleston VAMC and the integrated health care Veterans receive. It also gives citizens an opportunity to visit patients and consider volunteering their time to help local Veterans.

“Our community partners always go above and beyond in supporting Veteran patients for their service and sacrifice,” Voluntary Service Program Manager Vicki Johnson said. “National Salute to Veteran Patients is a great way to celebrate our nation’s heroes and pay tribute to the freedoms we enjoy every day.”

National Salute logo

Several community partners expressed their appreciation to Veteran patients in a variety of ways. Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Palmetto Warrior Connection offered coffee and pastries to patients in the main lobby on Feb. 14 and 15, respectively. Women Veterans of America presented the Community Living Center (CLC) with a shadowbox displaying nameplates of Veteran residents who have passed. Pizza for Patriots delivered pizza to Veterans at several of the VA outpatient clinics throughout the week.

Charleston VAMC executive leadership team, along with service chiefs at the hospital and outpatient clinics, honored its patients in their own tradition—handing out pink, red and white carnations to Veterans in waiting rooms, the CLC and inpatient areas.

For more information on this annual recognition week, visit the VA Voluntary Service National Salute to Veteran Patients webpage.

To learn more about the National Salute to Veteran Patients at Charleston VAMC or the schedule of events, call 843-789-7230, or email


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